Research areas


The RTD project proposal describes the activities planned, following the RTD project proposal template. The RTD project proposal must be made in a scientific topic chosen in line with INL ongoing research, articulated in our six Research Departments:

  • Department of Nanoelectronics Engineering – The Department of Nanoelectronics Engineering brings together three areas of activity at INL, systems engineering, spintronics and nanodevices, addressing major challenges in industrial sensing, RF communications, bionsensors and biomedical devices, agri-food and environmental monitoring applications.

  • Department of Life Sciences - The Department of Life Science focuses its activities in the fields of food, health, and environment, particularly in: i) Nanoencapsulation technologies for smart and controlled drug/genes delivery and for enhancing bioavailability and functional properties of bioactives; ii) biosensors, microfluidic-based devices and integrated lab-on-a-chip solutions for food and water quality and safety as well as diagnostic and prognostic purposes; iii) advanced functionalities and applications of bespoke nanostructured materials in combination with novel biomarkers and studies on biointerfaces.

  • Department of QMST – Quantum Materials, Science and Technology - The Department of QMST, works towards the understanding of both materials and energy exchange processes at the nano-scale where the laws of nature are governed by quantum mechanics.

  • Department of Nanophotonics - The Department of Nanophotonics aims to carry out top fundamental and applied research in areas such as biophotonics, photonic nanomagnetometry, plasmonics & materials, Bloch surface wave engineering and the design and application of photonic crystals.

  • Department of AEMIS: Advanced Electron, Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy - The Department of AEMIS performs true atomic/nano resolution electron imaging combined with atomic/nano resolution chemical analysis, in order to achieve a fundamental understanding of the chemical/physical phenomena at the atomic/nano level in real materials systems.

  • Department of Micro and Nanofabrication - The Department of Micro and Nanofabrication explores both bottom-up and top-down approaches to the micro and nanofabrication aspects of materials, surfaces and devices, running a cleanroom with more 50 systems. Main research activities include: i) processes for MEMS/NEMS, sensors, microfluidics, graphene and thin film semiconductors, energy storage, conversion and adaptive optical devices, lithography and advanced packaging, rapid prototyping and cleanroom processes integration; ii) bottom-up catalysis, synthesis and research of materials, and nanofabrication and characterization of optoelectronic materials and devices in rigid and iii) flexible substrates, and incorporation of nanotechnology into thin film solar cells.